One thing I’ve wanted my boys to know from a young age is that both boys and girls are awesome, smart, and strong. That’s why I’m intentional about what we read; I want my children to learn about people who aren’t like them, and see that all people are worthy of kindness and respect, regardless of gender, race, or religion.
One of my most strongly held beliefs is that equality for all people benefits all people. These feminist board books will help even the youngest children learn why equality is important.
7 Feminist Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub — This board book is a great introduction to some amazing, world-changing women. Little ones will meet Wilma Rudolph, Sonia Sotomayor, Rosa Parks, and more!
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara — One of my favorite picture books is now in board book form! This rhyming picture book travels through the alphabet and also through the life of an activist. If your family is dedicated to championing equality and taking action to defend what is right, you will want this book in your library.
Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz — A list of feminist board books wouldn’t be complete without Feminist Baby. This adorable book will make you laugh, but it’s also a great introduction to the idea that there are no “right” things to wear or play with.
Little Feminist Board Book Set by Emily Kleinman — This collection of mini-board books is perfect for little hands. My preschool students always loved books of this size! This collection takes a look at awesome female artists, activists, leaders, and pioneers.
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara — Another excellent book from Nagara! This one teaches numbers, as well as what it means to live together in community. This board book is great on its own or alongside A is for Activist.
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch — Munsch’s classic picture book is also available as an abridged board book. When a dragon destroys Princess Elizabeth’s castle, she uses her intelligence and bravery to defeat him and rescue her prince — who turns out not be not-so-charming!
Tough Chicks by Cece Meng — Penny, Polly, and Molly are truly tough chicks. The others on the farm doesn’t appreciate their rough ways, but their mother insists that their feisty nature doesn’t make them bad. However, opinions change when their bravery ends up saving the day.
Older kids will enjoy books on our list of 30 Books About World-Changing Women.